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Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Kutztown University
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Sep 29, 2022
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Job Summary

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, one of the fourteen institutions in the State System of Higher Education, invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The position is available for the successful candidate to begin between January 2023 and July 2023.
 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a collaborative and active community of thirteen departments (Anthropology and Sociology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy and Government, Physical Sciences, Psychology, and Social Work). The College reflects the liberal arts and sciences foundation of Kutztown University and supports the majority of the General Education program.  
 The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the chief executive/academic officer for the College and is responsible for strategic planning, curricular leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels, program growth and development, hiring, fiscal management, outcomes assessment and accreditation, relationships with community organizations, faculty/staff advocacy and development, as well as advancement and fund raising.  The Dean plays a vital role in fostering the core values of Kutztown University and is the College's principal advocate for student success and academic excellence.  The Dean is a member of the Council of Academic Deans and participates in selected committees and ad hoc groups within the PA State System of Higher Education. Tenure may be granted to an Academic Dean who has previously obtained tenure at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school or a regionally accredited four-year institution as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The successful candidate will provide vision and foster collaboration and appreciation for the variety of programs within the college and at the university.  

Minimum Qualifications

The chosen candidate will have an earned a doctorate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline related to the College; a minimum of 4 years of administrative experience at the department Chair level or above; a minimum of 5 years full time teaching experience at the university level; experience in the management of personnel resources and budget; and experience with academic program evaluation and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful experience at the Associate Dean or Dean level; significant record of achievement in teaching and scholarly activities that would qualify for tenure;  successful implementation of innovative academic programs, including online and blended education; experience assisting departments in developing new and revising existing curricula and programs; familiarity with accreditation processes; development of program innovations to increase student enrollment and retention; experience with initiating and supporting efforts for access and success of students; fostering a climate to facilitate professional development and collaboration; successful grant writing and fundraising experience; familiarity with recruiting, retaining and supporting highly qualified and diverse faculty and students; experience with and respect for shared governance in a collective bargaining environment; ability to promote and uphold the mission and shared vision of the institution as articulated in the Kutztown University Strategic Plan 2021-2024; an understanding of the leadership skills necessary to confront the challenges and possibilities facing higher education in the years to come; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Supplemental Information

For more information on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences please visit:
 To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received no later than October 30, 2022.  All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system only.  Applicants should provide curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the contact information of five references, one of whom should be the applicant's current or immediate past supervisor. Application letters should specifically address the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above. Successful on campus interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Clearance) and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions. Official transcripts for all degrees required prior to appointment.
 The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations.

 Non-Discrimination Statement
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.  To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at

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